THE MALTA CLASSIC
The Malta Classic is a four-day classic car and lifestyle event from the 6th till the 9th October. Now in its sixth consecutive year, the event celebrates vintage style against an historic backdrop.
Formerly known as the Mdina Grand Prix, the Malta Classic has announced this year’s dates and launched a call for participants and sponsors.
This year will see 70 participants from England, Italy, France, Malta and Switzerland. A variety of notable makes will form the grid, including Riley, Alvis, Ferrari, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Talbot. The organising committee is also accepting expressions of interest from non-members who’d like to make their contribution
On the 6th October, the Malta Classic opens with the Hill Climb at the Pennellu Hill, which will be followed by a party in Mellieħa for overseas drivers.
On the 7th October, the Malta Classic Concours d’Elegance will celebrate the power and beauty of classics in the heart of Mdina, where select car collectors are invited to unveil their historic models. Entertainment, period dress and refreshments will add to the delight of visitors.
The challenging circuit outside Mdina’s fortifications awaits on the 8th October, while on the 9th, the thrilling races shall commence, as the unforgiving nature of the Malta Classic Grand Prix Circuit brings out the very best performances by car and driver. The weekend will draw to a close with an awards ceremony hosted at the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa.
“For the third consecutive year, we at the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa are thrilled to be sponsoring the Malta Classic, an event synonymous with charm and elegance,” says general manager David Woodward. “As the Malta Classic brand continues to evolve, it fits ever-better with our own dedication to celebrating and providing the very best things in life, from top-quality food and wine, to excellent service, accommodation and events.”
In October 2007, French entrepreneur and classic car enthusiast Thierry Giovannini had organised Malta’s first ever Classic Car Grand Prix on the ring road of Valletta, bringing some of Europe’s finest classic cars to Malta to tour the island and race wheel to wheel on the Valletta circuit. In April 2009, enthusiasts brought together by this event set up the Valletta Grand Prix Foundation to carry on what Giovannini had started. In 2011, the event was transferred to its current home in Mdina.
For more information, visit the Malta Classic website.